Shillong (Meghalaya) , Oct 29 : Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today inaugurated the 3rd North East Health Care Leadership Summit 2018 in presence of Health Minister A.L. Hek and Sikkim MP P.D. Rai at Shillong.
The Summit is organized by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with the Government of Meghalaya with the support from the Ministry of Development of the North East Region (DoNER).
The objective of the summit is to strengthen the focus on key health issues in the north-east region, explore emergent avenues for collaboration and provide a platform for interaction between various agencies and stakeholders such as healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers, government officials, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
The leadership summit attempts to draw the attention of policy makers and other stakeholders to the healthcare system of the North East region and contribute towards bridging the North Eastern Region for Health Transformation.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in his inaugural address congratulated the organizers for the summit the Public Health Foundation of India and the Department of Health and Family Welfare for organizing the 3rd North East Healthcare Leadership Summit in Meghalaya that highlights key issues in today’s evolving healthcare scenario pertinent to Northeastern parts of India.
He emphasized on the importance and relevance of organizing such summit as it is a platform for sharing and exchange of vast knowledge and experiences. The Chief Minister however stressed on the importance of realizing and recognizing the fact that while we talk about challenges and gaps, that we should realize the potential of the available resources and maximize its usage which is equally important for efficiency and effective delivery of health services. He encouraged the august gathering to find innovative ways of improving the existing system with the available resources. He expressed and acknowledged that this is not the solution but this approach can have a great impact in taking us forward for our vision of a Healthier Region.
“There is a need to improve the overall efficiency of service delivery in the health sector. Meghalaya allocates 7 percent to the sector which is higher than the national average,” the Chief Minister said.
He also said that this year the Government increased the budget allocation for to almost 30 percent. “We are focusing on creating maximum impact with minimum investment,” he added.
Highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the chief minister urged all those in the health sector to deliver their services with compassion and empathy towards their patients’ suffering.
Terming the development of infrastructure and up gradation of human resource as the key element in ensuring better service delivery, the Chief Minister expressed optimism that the government would be able to initiate work on the two medical colleges as soon as possible.
“On a regular basis we have been monitoring the implementation of the scheme through video conferencing with set goals and agenda. This has ensured that administration and other line departments are constantly engaged with the government to ensure efficient delivery of services to the people,” he said.
He also told the gathering that the government was contemplating to provide basic soft skill and technical training to asha workers and nurses to ease the burden on doctors.
During the Summit, Chief Minister also handed over achievement awards and citation to outstanding individuals for their contribution to NHM, Govt. of Meghalaya. .
The summit saw prominent speakers deliberating on themes that are very relevant and pertinent to the North Eastern Region.
The leadership summit witnessed active participation of bureaucrats and technocrats from the respective north-east states; academicians and researchers; representatives of UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and other stakeholders during the presentation and discussion.
The summit falls under the umbrella of Project Swasth Uttar Purv, an initiative by the Public Health Foundation of India supported by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region to strengthen human resource and systems capacity for strengthening Public Health in the North Eastern Region.